Electricity Disconnections

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24 February 1992.

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Photo of Frank Dobson Frank Dobson Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 12:00, 24 February 1992

What are the prospects of disconnection for industrial customers in the coming year if they cannot afford to pay the exorbitant increases that the electricity companies are seeking from them? For instance, Fields Packaging of Bradford has been asked to pay 30 per cent. more, and Ibstock Brick in Leicestershire has been asked to pay between 20 and 30 per cent. more. How can the Minister or the companies justify increases of five to seven times the rate of inflation?